Would You Rather…

Gas Pump (1)

Wait in Line A or Line B to fill your vehicle with gasoline?

An assumption being made is that the hose for the gas pump will reach either side of the vehicle without any problem.

Whichever choice you make, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Dan Meyer tackled a similar issue here with the shopping cart dilemma.

Want to tweak the numbers? You can have the original, make a copy in your Google Drive, then have at it.

Would You Rather…

Basketball Players (1)

…have Player A, B, or C on your favorite basketball team? This is the only information available at the moment!

Whichever option you choose, please justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Teachers, this option may be another option for your students. Feel free to manipulate it to make it yours!

Here is the original tweet from @calcdave. Thanks to @emergentmath, @absvalteaching, & @cmmteach for help

Would You Rather…


h/t @mjfenton

Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

For this one, you’re going to want to be prepared:




For the record, I am not condoning the lottery. However, this is a fun activity for students to think about. Oh to dream…

Would You Rather…

parking vs concessions

Receive the net revenue from parking lot sales


the net revenue from concession sales at a professional sporting event?

Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Teacher resources:

An infographic about concession sales

Research about concession sales

For a more interesting debate, pull up a local sports team and find out their cost of parking and a few of their items for sale in the concession stand. This could be an incredible discussion.  If you attempt this with your students, I would sincerely appreciate a comment, tweet, or email that explains what you did with it, what you would change, and how it went. Thank you!

Would You Rather…

Would You Rather...

Lease a $19,000 vehicle with a $2,000 down payment OR buy a $19,000 vehicle with $0 down payment.

*** Disclaimer: the car featured in the picture is NOT for sale! ***

Some links that may be helpful:

Would You Rather…

Would You Rather...

Have a stack of quarters from the floor to the top of your head OR $225?

Whichever answer you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.
Help for teachers:

According to Wikipedia, average height for girls by age:

According to Wikipedia, average height for boys by age:

If you want a better conversation, change the $225 to suit your class needs:

Oh, thickness of a quarter might help:

Let me know if you use this one and how it goes!